In 1921 Maharaja Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla bought his second Rolls-Royce, another Silver Ghost 40/50 hp, bearing chassis no. 32 UG. It was fitted with exquisite tourer coachwork by Hooper (body no. 5498) as specified by the Maharaja.
It was the pride of the Rajpipla State garage for many years, and carried the registration RAJPIPLA No.1. The car is pictured here in February 1926 at Maharaja Vijaysinhji’s riverside castle overlooking the Narmada at Hanumanteshwar, about eight miles away from the capital town of Nandod. In the foreground, facing the camera, is Governor of Bombay Presidency Leslie Wilson, while the Maharaja is about to enter the car behind him.
The photograph above provides a breath-taking side profile of this prized automobile in November 1929. Seated at the rear left is Maharaja Vijaysinhji, and next to him is Governor of Bombay Presidency Frederick Sykes.
This was one of the most magnificent among the hundreds of cars owned by the royal family of Rajpipla.